Mar 20, 2014

Nursing Residency Programs: Transition to Practice (Part I)

March 20, 2014

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET

Hosted March 20, 2014:

Many Action Coalitions are advancing work in the development and implementation of transition to practice programs. The Future of Nursing:  Leading Change and Advancing Health described the importance of structured programs for new nurse graduates. Evidence shows these programs enhance safety and quality of care, as well as reducing employee turnover.  Health care organizations across the U.S. need alternatives which are high quality and cost effective.  This webinar was the first in a two-part series to discuss progress and share information.

This webinar was an introduction and overview of work in progress. This session featured the online modular program under development in Iowa, and the work underway in New Jersey, which emphasizes residencies to long term care settings.


  • Susan Reinhard, PhD, RN, FAAN, Senior Vice President & Director, AARP Public Policy Institute; Chief Strategist, Center to Champion Nursing in America
  • Pat Farmer, DNP,FNP-c, RN, Nurse Consultant, Center to Champion Nursing in America
  • Rita A. Frantz PhD, RN, FAAN, Iowa Action Coalition
  • Lori Forneris RN, MS, Iowa Action Coalition
  • Edna Cadmus PhD, RN, NEA-BC, New Jersey Action Coalition


The Nurse Residency Task Force in the Iowa Action Coalition has developed a competency-based curriculum for a nurse residency program that can be completed using online tools. The modules include scenarios to help the residents apply concepts in different settings, such as long term care facilities, acute care, and home health. An article by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation about the online residency program is available by clicking here.

Click here for a short video describing the online residency program.

Click here for an example of one of the residency’s 12 online modules.

Webinar summary

View Part II of this webinar series.